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Friday, September 6, 2019

David Keith Harbison (August 3, 2019)

David Keith Harbison, 80 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away on Saturday August 3, 2019 at 9:34 PM at his residence with his family by his side. He was born December 12, 1938 in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Gerald A. & Helen A. (Bailey) Harbison. He served in the United States Army. He worked in Maintenance at NCR for 10 years then he worked for 26 years at Hobart Brothers in Troy. He was a Boy Scout Leader in Arcanum for 10 years; he was an umpire for 35 years for High School Baseball, Softball, & ASA Slow pitch Softball; he also managed the Hobart Brothers softball team for 10 years. He loved umpiring and helping the kids develop as ball players. He loved watching the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Browns, & the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was kind to everyone and always willing to help anyone with anything.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his wife: Phyllis J. (Robison) Harbison whom he married August 6, 1960.

He is survived by his sons & daughter in law: Bruce & Cyndi Harbison of Portland, Oregon, Randy Harbison of Urbana, Ohio; grandchildren: Andrew Harbison, Tiffany Harbison, & Mallory Harbison; step grandchildren: Scott Cozy & Tyler Cozy; his brother & sister in law: Wayne & Susan Harbison of Greenville his niece & nephew: Paula Harbison Scheuermann, Kirk Harbison.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday September 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Aaron “Ray” Penny (September 4, 2019)

Aaron “Ray” Penny, 77, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

When he was asked when he was born, Ray would say the “third month, second day of 1942.” He was born in Pleasant Hill to the late Aaron and Iva (Shaner) Penny.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Sandie (Fairbanks) Penny, whom he married on September 14, 1968; and his brothers, Jack, Lee, Ted, and Bud Penny.

Ray was a simple man who lived a simple life. He appreciated the small things in life, even if it was as simple as an egg sandwich. Ray worked at Fram as a tow motor driver until he retired in 2002. In his free time, it was not uncommon to find Ray at his favorite fishing spot at Lake Loramie. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, especially the Earnhardt racing team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ray loved his family and spending time with them. He loved to take car rides, even if it was just across town.

Ray is survived by his children, Shelly Yoder and her husband, Jeff, of Greenville, Chris Penny and his wife, Christina, of Greenville, and Misty Penny and her boyfriend, Jerome Boston, of Winchester, Indiana; his grandchildren, Heather Fornshil and her husband, Steve, of New Madison, Ohio, Butch Yoder and Shawn Yoder, both of Greenville, Ashley Fields and her husband, Avery, of Greenville, Chelsea Howard of Greenville, Aron Penny of Winchester, and Matthew Hanish and his girlfriend, Marissa, of Greenville; his great grandchildren, Cam, Corben, Carter, SJ, Palmer, Luna, Kaden, and Kaisley; and his brother, Bill Penny and his wife, Odie, of Bradford, Ohio.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Greenville Union Cemetery with Pastor Ron Sherck officiating.

The family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Robert T Colliver (September 4th, 2019)

Robert T Colliver, 81, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away, Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center with his wife of 59 years, Merrilyn, by his side.

The family will receive friends and family from 5 to 8 PM, Friday, September 6th at Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. The burial will take place on Saturday at 11:00 AM in the Greenville Cemetery followed by a commemorative gathering at The Merchant House on Broadway in Greenville. All are invited to attend.

Robert, known to most as Bob, was born May 3, 1938 in Bath County Kentucky to Mabel (Nealis) and Emory Colliver. After attending grade and middle school in Marion, IN, he graduated from Marion High in 1956. On January 23, 1960, he married his wife Merrilyn (Talbott), also of Marion.

He worked at Sherwin-Williams for 38 years, retiring in 1996 after holding a variety of positions within the organization, but mostly as store manager in Greenville. Young adults may remember getting balloons from Bob as children, while their parents were checking out of the store. Early in that time period (early 1960’s) he was drafted into the US Army serving in the 27th Engineering Division in Ft. Campbell, KY. – serving as a field medic, sharpshooter instructor and then commander company clerk.

He was an avid Auto-racing fan having attended over 50 Indy 500’s throughout his lifetime spanning from the 1950’s up to and including last May’s race. Tears could usually be seen in his eyes during the annual playing of “taps” prior to the familiar call of “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” each Memorial Day weekend at the Brickyard. He also loved the Cincinnati Bengals, having been a season ticket holder from the early 1970’s and was getting geared for another season to begin…..always supporting them win, lose or draw. He attended the notorious freezer bowl in 1981 at Riverfront Stadium with his two boys, while braving wind-chills of 59 below zero as the Bengals defeated the Chargers to advance to the first Super Bowl in the Team’s history, which he also attended at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. He was also an avid reader, enjoying books about WWII and Vietnam, could play a mean game of Euchre (where he enjoyed “cleaning his grandkids clocks”) and didn’t mind losing a few nickels to the unforgiving slot machines at some of the areas casinos. As a Lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Elks he enjoyed attending the monthly birthday dinner at The Lodge. Those who knew him always appreciated his quick wit and dry sense of humor, which stayed with him right to the end.

Robert is survived by his wife Merrilyn and his two sons, Robert T. Colliver II of Ft. Wayne, IN and Michael D. Colliver of Bloomington, IN. He also leaves behind to daughters in law - Judy, married to Robert and Angela wife of Michael; four grandchildren, Anthony (21), Jack (18) of Ft. Wayne and Taylor (12) and Thessaly (10) of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his sister Thelma Smathers, formerly of Marion, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions be made to one of the following organizations: State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County, The Darke County Cancer Association or the Honor Flight Network.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Stanley J. Linder (August 18, 2019)

Stanley J. Linder, 89, of Sebastian, Florida, passed away on August 18, 2019.

Stan was born on September 26, 1929, to Jane Neeley Linder in Richland County, Illinois, and the late Roy Franklin Linder.

In addition to his father, Stan was preceded in death by his son, Stephen M. Linder; his brother Byron Linder; his sister Brenda Helling; his grandson Mark Meister; and his son-in-law Robert Brandeberry.

Prior to living in Florida, he resided in Greenville, Ohio. He graduated from Olney, Illinois High School in 1946. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University which was followed by a stint in the US Army. Following his discharge he attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He later earned his master’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He was also certified in computer science.

Stan was a music teacher for over 30 years in Ohio. He taught music at Rock Hill School at Pedro in Lawrence County, Ohio before he began his career with the Greenville City Schools in 1964. He was the Music Director and the conductor of the Senior High Orchestra for 26 years before retiring in 1988. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sebastian, Florida where he sang in the choir for over 20 years. He was a member of NEA and the Greenville Elks Lodge. He was an avid music lover and a teacher to many. He played in bands of many different genres, several community orchestras and ensembles.

Stan is survived by his wife Denise Flavin Linder, whom he married on August 16, 1975, of Sebastian, Florida; a daughter, Lisa Hendrickson and her husband Ken of Winchester, Indiana; a son Dave Linder and his wife Brenda of Huber Heights, Ohio; a brother, Paul Linder and his wife Jeanette; a stepson and caregiver, Doug Meister and his fiancée Jan Oberer of Sebastian; and two stepdaughters, Stephanie Brandeberry of Greenville, and Alison Naylor of Arcanum, Ohio; his grandchildren, Derrick Linder and his wife Abby of Beavercreek, Ohio, Dane Linder of Portland, Origon, Sharlee Linder and Casey Linder of Germantown, Ohio, Torin Hendrickson of Winchester, and Gage Linder and Kyra Linder of Huber Heights; and his step-grandchildren, Paul Meister, Sarah Meister, Mathew Hangen, and Lindsey Brewer; and 12 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Stan's life will be held Saturday, September 14, 3019 at 11:00 A.M. at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus.

The family will receive guests on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian, P.O. Box 781689, Sebastian, FL 32958 and Hospice of St. Francis Foundation, 1250 Grumman Place, Titusville, Florida 32780.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Cynthia Sell (September 3, 2019)

Cynthia Sell, 80 of Greenville passed away on Tuesday September 3, 2019 at 4:58 PM at Hospice of Miami County Care Center, Troy, Ohio. She was married to Charles Sell for over 61 years. She was a mother of Charles Jr. (Tammy), Jackie (Scott), and Barbara (Laryl). The grandmother Kyle and Kristen (Fiancée Ryan), and great grandmother of Nolan.

Services will be held on Monday September 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Richard Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday September 8, 2019 and 1 hour prior to the services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Miami County.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Ruth Irene Brubaker (September 4, 2019)

Ruth Irene Brubaker, 77, of Eaton, Ohio, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 4, 2019, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana.

She was born on November 7, 1941, in Preble County, Ohio, to the late Glen and Bertha (Denlinger) Deaton.

A visitation for Ruth will be Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM then again from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Prices Creek Old German Baptist Brethren Church, 6223 State Route 726, Eldorado, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Church. Burial will follow in Prices Creek Church Cemetery.

Ruth's family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus, with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Margaret M. Hawes (September 3, 2019)

Margaret M. Hawes age 78, of Hollansburg passed away at 7:55 AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Margaret was born November 23, 1940, in Union City, Ohio to the late Lewis “Pete” & Pauline (Welker) Maloy. In addition to her parents, Margaret was also preceded in death by her husband, Lowell D. Hawes on September 26, 2000, whom she married May 3, 1963; daughter, Lisa Harless; brothers, Louie & Jerry Maloy; and sister, Roseann Partridge.

Margaret is survived by her children, Larry & Dee Hawes of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, David Hawes & Stacey Pitman of Harrodsburg, Kentucky and Lewis Hawes of Willisburg, Kentucky; grandchildren, Ciara, Shaun, Billy, Michael, Joshua, Dylan, Elisabeth, Tyler & Brent; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Tom Maloy of Greenville; sister, betty Copeland of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was a homemaker. She was a member of the Greenville Baptist Temple.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Arnold Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mildred Wanetta Wissinger (August 30, 2019)

Mildred Wanetta Wissinger age 99, of West Milton and formerly of Greenville passed away at 5:00 AM on Friday, August 30, 2019, at her residence.

Wanetta was born September 9, 1919, in Picher, Oklahoma, to the late Clisba & Marguerita (Broughman) Wood. In addition to her parents, Wanetta was also preceded in death by her husband, Vance James Wissinger; brother, John Robert Wood; and sisters, Nadine Hayes, Mary Gasper, Cora May Ward and Avo Sleppy.

Wanetta is survived by her son, Vance James Wissinger Jr. of West Milton; sister, Edith Cook of Greenville; half sister, Gail Fair of Muncie, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wanetta was a 1939 graduate of Greenville High School. She was a homemaker. Wanetta was an avid bowler.

A celebration of Wanetta’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Ft. Jefferson. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to your local Life Squad. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Roberta (Bert) G. Boyd Williams (September 2, 2019)

Roberta (Bert) G. Boyd Williams, 72 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on September 2, 2019 at The State of the Heart Care Center. Bert was born October 13, 1946 in Winchester, Indiana the daughter of the late John Boyd Jr. and Florence (Retz) Boyd.

Bert enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, and was an active member of the VFW, Moose Lodge, and the American Legion.

In addition to her parents, Bert was preceded in death by her husband Paul D. Williams, son Clyde Norrod Jr. and her twin brother Robert G. Boyd.

Bert is survived by her son: John (Loretta) Boyd of Winchester, Indiana; daughters: Becky Nunley and Vicki Norrod of Greenville, granddaughter: Amber (Billy) Bey of Ansonia; grandson: Cody Nunley of Arcanum, great grandson: Zayden Nunley of Arcanum, 2 brothers: Ed Boyd and David Boyd; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Marvin Johnson of Greenville.

Services will be held on Friday September 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. With Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Ansonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Bessie Lucille "Bess" Barga (September 1, 2019)

Bessie Lucille "Bess" Barga, 101, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away early Sunday morning, September 1, 2019, at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville, Ohio.

Bess was born early Easter morning, March 31, 1918, in Salamonia, Indiana to the late Henry Clay and Clara Mabel (Reynard) Myers.

In addition to her parents, Bess was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Barga in 2009; her daughter, Janet Kay Barga in 1957; her siblings, Ada Jones, Helen Barga, Ruth Liggett, Edna Mills, Robert Myers, and Wavalene Johnson.

Bess lived an extraordinary life. She was an accomplished and award-winning author, and a notable florist and floral design instructor. These talents led to multiple invitations to the White House to read poetry and to help design the Christmas floral decorations.

Bess and Delbert's love story lasted through 72 years of marriage until his passing in 2009. She always said she would never marry a farmer due to the hard work and long hours, but Delbert changed her mind. She eventually grew quite fond of the term, "farmer's wife". Bess worked in the floral design industry honing her skills until she was able to open her own shop in 1969, which she called Greenville Flower Shop.

Bess was a prolific writer and published author. Her two most notable works being her autobiography entitled, The Glory of Being Myself, and a novel entitled, The Journey Throught Life's Gateway. She has written hundreds of poems and other short stories. Bess has won three international gold medals for her writing.

Bess is survived by her nieces, great nieces, great nephews, and friends.

A Celebration of Bess' life will be held on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 2:00PM at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus. Burial will follow in Teegarden Cemetery, near Ansonia.

Family and friends may visit on Thursday from noon until the time of the service at 2:00PM.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Mary Lou Wheeler (August 28, 2019)

Mary Lou Wheeler age 88, of Greenville passed away at 11:20 AM on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Mary Lou was born August 3, 1931, in Palestine to the late Orville & Mary Grace (Bollinger) Rolfe, Sr. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marta Ann Wheeler; and brothers, Armon W., Orville Jr., Billie J., Duane E. and Gene T. Rolfe.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband of 70 years, Lawrence J. “Larry” Wheeler, Jr. whom she married August 7, 1949; children, Douglas A. & Erica Wheeler of Waynesville, Missouri, and Kimberly A. Murray of Greenville; grandchildren, Callie S. Wheeler, Carlie R. Wheeler, Gregory A. Wheeler and Nicole Cope; 3 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a good friend, Ben Mitchem of Greenville.

Mary Lou was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Congregational Christian Church in Greenville for 84 years. Mary Lou was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

A private funeral will be held at First Congregational Christian Church in Greenville followed by burial in Greenville Township Memorial Garden. Memorial contributions may be made to Darke County Special Olympics 3808 Beanblossom Rd. Greenville, OH 45331. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Roberta “Bert” McConnell (August 28, 2019)

Roberta “Bert” McConnell, 72, of Ansonia, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville, Ohio.

She was born on March 17, 1947 in Piqua, Ohio to the late Jesse Lee and Marie (Sentman) Hathaway.

In addition to her parents, Bert was preceded in death by her sister, Becky Minnich.

Bert was a hard-working woman who loved her family. It was not uncommon for her to host family gatherings whenever she could. Bert attended the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. She and her husband, Rick, loved to spend time at flea markets and garage sales. Each year she looked forward to the county fair and attending with her family. In her free time, Bert enjoyed crafting, sewing, and crocheting. Her creations were loved by many.

Bert is survived by her husband of 35 years, Richard “Rick” McConnell, whom she married on November 23, 1983; her children, Dawn Woodruff and her fiancé, Eric Berard, of Greenville, Dena Geesaman and her husband, Jason, of Greenville, and Shon McConnell and his fiancée, Melanie Besecker, of Ohio City, Ohio; her grandchildren, Austin, Savanna, Mercedes, Denay, Catherine, Cassaundra, and Coy; her great grandchildren, Silas, Ember, and Jordyn; her sister, Moleta Mikesell of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bert’s life will take place at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery.

Guests may visit with Bert’s family on Monday, September 2, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given, in memory of Bert, to State of the Heart Care, 1350 North Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or Cancer Association of Darke County, P.O. Box 781, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Ruby Alice Davis (August 23, 2019)

Ruby Alice Davis, 64 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday August 23, 2019 at 2:50 PM at her residence. She was born September 30, 1954 in Albuquerque, New Mexico the daughter of Josephine (Garcia) Teetrick of Greenville and the late Lester Eldon Sexton.

She was a Nurse’s Aide and homemaker. She spent her time caring for her mother and was a very giving and helpful person. She loved playing bingo, slot machines and art. She will be missed deeply by her family.

She is preceded in death by her father; her son & daughter in law: Michael & Kristy Davis; her brother in laws: Richard Beard & Brian Fowler.

She is survived by her mother; her step mother: Barbara Sexton; her children & spouses: Chuck & Kim Turner of Economy, Indiana, Chris & Charity Davis of Richmond, Indiana, Mandy & Ryan Prince of Mount Summit, Indiana, Dannie & Deanna Davis of Elkhart, Indiana, John Paul Davis, James & Rhonda Davis of Richmond, Indiana; numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren; sisters & brothers in law: Bonnie & Mark Moore of Greenville, Debra Beard of Muncie, Indiana, Laurie Fowler of Greenville, Barbara & Jesse Adams Losantsville, Indiana, Brenda & Mike Crawford of Port Jefferson, John York of Economy, Indiana, Tim York of Dunkirk, Indiana, numerous nieces & nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday September 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM at 211 Oxford Drive, Greenville, Ohio. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Clark Richard Lease (August 26, 2019)

Clark Richard Lease, 95, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on August 26, 2019 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.

He was born on October 29, 1923, in Richland Township in Darke County, Ohio, to the late Earl Christopher and Florence (Clark) Lease.

As a 1941 graduate of Greenville High School and class president, Clark helped plan reunions for many years. During high school, he ran both cross country and track and placed 3rd in the Ohio High School State Cross Country Meet.

Clark studied forestry and ran cross country and track at Miami University before being drafted into the army during WWII in 1943. He served with the 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division of the 5th Army in the Italian campaign. Clark was a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Infantry Unit Commander prior to his discharge in November 1945. Clark received a Bronze Star for heroism on the front line of battle.

After the war, Clark returned to Miami University for a short time and then started working for the U. S. Postal Service in September 1949. He was a letter carrier in Greenville for 34 years, retiring in 1983.

Clark was a member of the Wakefield Lutheran Church, then St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Greenville American Legion, DAV, and the VFW. For almost four decades, he gave his heart and soul to Darke County veterans at countless funerals as a member of the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Clark was a man of many hobbies never wasting a second of his time. He enjoyed restoring antique automobiles and driving them in local parades, regional tours, and the national Glidden Tours, sponsored by the Antique Automobile Club. He and his 1909 Brush automobile were “extras” in the movie, The Great Race. He enjoyed nature. Many hours were spent hiking, foraging for mushrooms, nuts, wild berries, and gardening. Indoor activities included restoring furniture, caning chairs, making wine, and endless hours tinkering in the garage and basement. Clark had great cooking skills, especially hand cranked ice cream, caramel corn, fried oysters, morel mushrooms and peanut brittle. He also enjoyed marksmanship and was a member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, and the Fort Green Ville Muzzle Loaders Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Opal (Stager) Lease on May 7, 2014. They were married December 28, 1949 and enjoyed 64 wonderful years together. Their life was focused on rearing two daughters, attending church, and participating in family gatherings. Retirement was spent together square dancing, playing cards, and doting on their three grandchildren. Clark also was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers-in-law: Phyllis and John Miller, Jean and Byron Klepinger: sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Hollie Stager, Louise and Dr. V. Ray Boli: and nephew, David C. Lease.

Clark is survived by his daughters, Deborah Lease of Oxford, Ohio, and Barbara (Jeffrey) Darkow of Avon Lake, Ohio; his grandchildren, Sarah (Mitchell) Otts, Daniel Darkow, and James Darkow; his brother, Donald (Joan) Lease, and sister, Martha (Larry) Boyd; and many nieces and nephews. On this past Father’s Day, he joyfully learned that he would become a great-grandfather in December.

A celebration of Clark’s life will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Tribute Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial with full military honors conducted by the Greenville Honor Guard will follow in Greenville Union Cemetery.

Guests may visit with Clark’s family on Saturday from 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NMD United (nmdunited.org), a non-profit organization supporting adults living with neuromuscular disabilities, in honor of his grandson, Daniel Darkow.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Cassie Jo Sleppy (August 24, 2019)

Cassie Jo Sleppy, 45, of Ansonia, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Cassie was born on July 10, 1974, in Greenville, Ohio to Randy Evans of Greenville, Ohio, and Jane Price of Greenville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death her grandparents, Albert and Juanita Mayo; and her ex-husband, Doug Sleppy.

Cassie had a heart overflowing with love and faith. She was an amazing mother, Daughter and Sister and aunt. Dez was her pride and joy. She was selfless and caring. She loved taking care of others and would always put everyone else before herself. Cassie had a faith that could move mountains. Her favorite book in the Bible was Genesis. Cassie enjoyed worshiping to Christian music. She enjoyed watching sermons by one of her favorite preachers,Sid Roth. She loved receiving her "signs from God" in the forms of hearts and soaring birds.

Cassie loved all God's creations, great and small. She enjoyed nature, and loved passing the time walking trails with Dez and her "Boys" Oliver and Sarge.When not walking trails she worked countless hours on her inventions. Her inventions gave her hope and purpose for over 10+ years. Her devotion to God's creatures helped to steer her toward starting her own animal sanctuary. She loved her family and friends and impacted their lives in countless ways.

In addition to her parents, Cassie is survived by her daughter, Dez Sleppy and her girlfriend Darienne Marcum of Ansonia; her fiancé Tony T. Stephens of Ansonia; her sister, Brandy Stastny and her husband Scott of Greenville; her step-father, Tommy Price of Greenville; her niece and nephew, Serena and Gavin Stastny; her grandmother, Janet Phillips of Union City, Ohio; her "Boys" Oliver and Sarge; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A Celebration of Cassie's life will be held at 7:00PM on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus. Private Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Brookville, Ohio.

Family and friends may visit on Friday from 4:00PM until the time of the service at 7:00PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Humane Society, 7053 ST RT 49, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Janeva Marie Hittle (August 25, 2019)

Janeva Marie Hittle, age 87 of Greenville, Ohio passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 5:56 PM at her residence in the Brethren’s Retirement Community. Born in West Manchester, Ohio on May 10, 1932 she was a daughter to the late Fredrick Casper & Fern Marie (Woolf) Etzler. Janeva was a former member of the Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama, and current member of EUM Church in Greenville, Ohio. She loved sewing and was an amazing seamstress. Janeva enjoyed cooking, and made delicious cinnamon rolls. More than anything she loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. She will truly be missed.

Survived by her husband of 65 years, John Charles Hittle, whom she married on October 24, 1953: children Frank & Deborah Hittle; Kenneth Hittle, Beverly Henninger: grandchildren Carl Henninger; Charles “Chuck” & Misty Henninger; Joshua Henninger; Tina Hittle-Austin: great-grandchildren Grace Self; Brandon Henninger; Hunter Henninger; Michael Henninger; Ayden Henninger; Evan Werling; Cole Henninger; Reese Austin.

Friends may call on the family from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Wednesday August 28, 2019 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Funeral service at 10:00 AM, Thursday August 29, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Harper presiding. Burial to follow at Greenville Township Memorial Garden, Greenville. Online sympathies www.zecharbailey.com.

Betty Maxine Ridenour (August 25, 2019)

Betty Maxine Ridenour age 85, of Greenville passed away at 2:03 PM on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Betty was born October 26, 1933, in Darke County to the late Edith (Doss) Baird and James Koons. In addition to her parents, Betty was also preceded by her half-brothers, Monte Baird and Bill Comer.

Betty is survived by her son, R. Eric Ridenour of Versailles; half-brother, Richard Baird of Greenville; half-sister, Carolyn Clark of Greenville; sister-in-law, Barbara Comer of Troy; special friend, Barb Landess-Gentry of Union City, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty retired from Fram Corporation after 26 ½ years of service.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Darke County Parks. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Beverly J. Goubeaux (August 23, 2019)

Beverly J. Goubeaux, 82, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019, at the State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville.

She was born on December 14, 1936, in Dayton, Ohio to the late B. Benson Wright and Evelyn (Boyd) Haworth.

In addition to her parents, Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel J. Goubeaux, whom she married in December 1958; and her grandson, Brian Henderson.

Beverly was a hardworking woman. She cared for her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She was an avid reader and liked to keep up with the latest politics. Beverly spent many years in the food service industry working for Foley’s, Eikenberry’s, and C.J. Highmarks. In her free time, you could find Beverly watching TV and cooking for her family and friends. She was an active member of the Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles, the American Legion, and the VFW auxiliaries.

Beverly is survived by her children, Chris Henderson of Greenville, Becki Wagner and her husband, Mike, of Celina, Ohio, Tammy Au and her husband, Bob, of Sacramento, California, Tom Goubeaux and his wife, Marcy, of Greenville, Teri Lavy and her husband, Mike, of Arcanum, Ohio, and Annie Middlestetter and her husband, Phil, of Greenville; her grandchildren, Israel Leas and his wife, Ami, of Sacramento, Rachel Nipper of Sacramento, Jacob Henderson of Greenville, Aaron Gibbons and his wife, Natalie, of Troy, Ohio, Kevin Thwaits of Sacramento, Caroline Thwaits of Maine, Teresa Idle and her husband, Christian, of Ansonia, Sara Goubeaux of Greenville, Danny Goubeaux of Greenville, Joshua Middlestetter of Greenville, Kalli Middlestetter of Richmond, Indiana, and Lyssa Middlestetter of Greenville; her great grandchildren, Kinzie Thwaits, Sawyer Leas, Aliyah and Amelia Idle, Weston and Noah Goubeaux, Laielle and Judah Mills, Lucielle Urzi, and Ava Gibbons; and her brother, Edward Wright and his wife, Carol, of Prescott, Arizona.

A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be given in memory of Beverly to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Janette “Cork” Drew (August 25, 2019)

Janette “Cork” Drew, 91 of Greenville, Ohio and formerly of New Madison passed away on Sunday August 25, 2019 at 12:54 AM at Brookdale of Greenville. She was born at home in Jaysville to the late Goth and Mildred (Davis) Townsend on October 23, 1927.

Cork was an active member of New Madison Methodist Church where she taught children in Sunday school. She was a cook at New Madison where she fed many students for 35 years. Corks hobbies were crafts, sewing, cooking, baking, cleaning house and above all she and her late husband, Elmer were race fans. She had many friends and was known for her hardy laugh.

Cork is survived by her son, Kyle (Donna) Drew, son in law Steve Black, grandchildren Tisha Ricks, Lauren (Jeff) Hutchens, Erin (Adam) Snoap, great grandchildren Bryant Ricks, Kelby Ricks, brother in law Ron Drew, sister Joy Townsend Albright (Jim) also sisters in law Lorraine Ballard Townsend and Dorothy Bowman Townsend and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those who preceded her in death were her husband Elmer Drew Jr., daughter Kathy Black, also brothers Harold Townsend, William Townsend, Parl Townsend, George E. Townsend and sisters Betty Townsend Brown and Shirley Townsend East.

There will be a private funeral service at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Carol Duffield and Pastor David Richey officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. The family would like to thank Village Green Health Center and Staff and Brookdale of Greenville and staff for their excellent care for Cork.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Janice Kay Oler (August 15, 2019)

Janice Kay Oler, 69, of Ansonia, Ohio, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Reid Health Center in Richmond, Indiana.

She was born on June 6, 1950 in Richmond, to the late Clyde Henry and Julia (Shipley) O'Conner.

In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by son, Jerry Lee Oler, Jr.; her brothers David O'Conner, and Robert O'Conner; and her sister, Hazel O'Conner.

Janice might have been her name, but everyone called her Bubbles. Perhaps because that description so perfectly fit her personality. She was outgoing, friendly and mischievous. She was always laughing, smiling, and enjoying people. She loved walking the streets of Ansonia talking to everyone she saw, especially the police officers. As time went on, her name morphed from Bubbles to Aunt B. She was avid movie buff and collector, having over 1000 VHS tapes and DVDs neatly organized on numerous bookshelves. Along with movies, Aunt B loved playing bingo and loved a good mustache. Her spirit left a smile on every face she touched, and it will be missed.

Janice is survived by her son, James Oler of Versailles, Ohio; her granddaughter, Kylie Oler of Richmond, Indiana; her siblings, Stephen O'Conner and his wife Janice of Dunkirk, Indiana, Dan O'Conner and his wife Sue, Margie Jones, Effie Meyers and her husband Frank, and Mary Deathridge all of Richmond, and Julia Branham of Rossburg, Ohio; her great-nephew Dalton Horne, and countless other nieces, nephews and friends. Janice also leaves behind her devoted niece, Crystal Horne of Rossburg, who has been her caregiver for the past 15 years.

A Celebration of Janice's life will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

Friends and family may visit on Saturday from 9:00AM until the time of the Service at 11:00AM.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Ansonia Rescue, P.O. Box 171, Ansonia, Ohio 45303.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.